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Springtime bamboo shoots... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Our weather this weekend in the Sacramento region was wonderful (low-80's).  I even had to second-guess myself twice this weekend, switching from jeans to shorts mid-day, as ... Read on »
Bamboo diet. by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living 7:00 a.m., Friday (Bamboo-day) I crawled out of bed, with little inhibition, I was posed with the question, '... wanna go to breakfast?'  'Of course,' I reply. 8:00 a.m. ... Read on »
Wind - 1, Bamboo - 0. Tales of a 'severe' California storm... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Crazy California weather, as crazy as it gets in Rocklin, CA.  High wind gusts, plenty of blown-down fences, gobs of rain, even some teeny-tiny hail, garbage bins in the ... Read on »
Rain, rain, rain... is helping the bamboo shoot, shoot, shoot! by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living It's a long stretch of rain, which can be grey and dull, but holds great promise for the shooting season for running bamboo here in Sacramento.  Last week, I discovered, wit ... Read on »
Ugh.. Garden "impulse buy" today... but I like it! by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Got up early today, one of our first stops for the early morning was a nearby 'big box' hardware/garden/home improvement store.  Got - some fertilizer for the lawn, some f ... Read on »
First bamboo shoots of the season! by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living After some good rain and some higher daytime temperatures in the Sacramento area, the running bamboo is finally starting to shoot.  Running bamboo typically begins to shoo ... Read on »
Consider yourself invited... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I'm one busy Bamboo Geek.  I can tell that the sunny Winter days and those teasing high 60 degree temperatures are getting folks in the Sacramento region thinking about ga ... Read on »
Bamboo in Washington D.C. by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Last week, I was in Washington D.C. for work.  The day I left to travel to Sacramento, I had a few hours before my flight to sight-see.  I totally lucked out on this trip, t ... Read on »
Radio interview this morning discussing bamboo with "Farmer Fred" Hoffman on his "KFBK Garden Show" by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Here is my radio interview this morning discussing bamboo with "Farmer Fred" Hoffman on his "KFBK Garden Show" on NewsTalk 1530 KFBK in Sacramento, California. I had a great ... Read on »
A Bamboo Geek's trip to Disneyland by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living My daughters had the week off from school, the result of teacher furloughs (in California) consolidated in one week, so we made the most of it and made a pilgrimage down to ... Read on »
Talking bamboo tomorrow (Sunday) on Farmer Fred's "KFBK Garden Show" by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I'll be on Farmer Fred's "KFBK Garden Show" on NewsTalk 1530 KFBK in Sacramento, California tomorrow morning (Sunday) 9 am or so. We'll be talking about bamboo. Hope y ... Read on »
Bamboo in new BILT containers by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Yesterday, I braved the rain and some hail (tiny Sacramento-sized hail) to finally get my Phylostachys nigra  'Black Bamboo' in my green BILT container.  I had these custo ... Read on »
Adventures in Composting: Putting together our tumbling composter by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living A couple of weeks ago, we bought a tumbling composter after our box composter had some critter issues.  My wife likes to incorporate fruit and vegetable scraps into the comp ... Read on »
Bamboo pruning tip: 'Legging Up' gives bamboo that classic look by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Often when thinking of bamboo in a nicely manicured garden, it's common to associate it with long, exposed vertical culms (canes) topped with nice green, dense foliage.  N ... Read on »
Stroll through Capitol Park (Sacramento)... and find a beautiful bamboo grove! by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Today, I took a longer way to head to my car (headed home) after a meeting at the Capitol Building through Capitol Park. I had heard of a really nice bamboo grove in Capitol ... Read on »
What's that poking out of the ground? Bamboo shooting season is almost here. by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living For a 'Bamboo Geek' like me it's an exciting time of year.  Late Winter/early Spring is the time of year when running bamboo starts shooting brand new culms (canes). Cu ... Read on »
Miniature bamboo: Short on stature, but not on beauty... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living When most people think of bamboo, its natural to think of a tall, upright grove or forest, full of beauty.  Some beautiful examples of large bamboo specimens can be found in ... Read on »
A bamboo that Folsom can call its very own... Phylostachys nigra 'Daikokuchiku' or 'Folsom Black' by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Phylostachys nigra 'Daikokuchiku' is a variety of Giant Black Bamboo that hails from one lone bamboo grove in Folsom, California.  Normally, regular 'Black Bamboo' max ... Read on »
Cool container ideas for bamboo... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Recently, I have been looking for alternatives to glazed pottery for my running bamboo plants.  Glazed pottery works fine with bamboo, the only issue is that the running bam ... Read on »
10 easy ways to tell if your a Bamboo Geek... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living If you couldn't tell by this blog site - I love bamboo.  So much, that it is kind of a nerdy obsession of mine.  I'm a Bamboo Geek, and I wear that label with pride.  Thro ... Read on »